With more people competing for fewer resources, the future success of your child depends upon their first 1000 days.

What is your child capable of?


The latest research in neural and emotional science for babies and toddlers indicates that the first 1000 days of a child’s development is crucial for their future success as an adult. Hessel International provides parents and carers with the knowledge, skills and training for their children to optimise this development and set a course for adulthood success.

The first 1000 days are critical.

Hover over the timeline to learn how your child develops socially and emotionally.

"I just wanted to have a look the centre at the very beginning, but as soon as I walked into Hessel Children's Centre, I loved it immediately and did the enrolment that day. They have different classrooms of different styles and the teachers really have an affinity with the children and the children learn through play."

"My baby has been enrolled in the centre for one month and, no matter if it's cognition,  emotion,  language development or health, he has developed magnificently."

"My child joined in the centre over one month ago. At the  very beginning, he always cried, and then he turned to twisting my arm to go to centre everyday. I am so glad my child gained independence here. He can sing two English songs now."

The passport for children to become global citizens.


Based upon proven research and exceeding international development standards, Walk in a Child’s World has a comprehensive range of materials and courses for parents, carers, new mothers, teachers, principals and training providers...

The first 1000 days of childhood development are critical in ensuring a child’s success as an adult.


Evidence demonstrates that the first 1000 days are a crucial period for parents and carers to take an active role in helping their child reach their full potential in life...

Explore the Hessel System



Parents and carers understand that the world is constantly evolving. Their children are going to be faced with significant competition for jobs and resources...


Hessel International's flagship preschool daycare centre is located in Songjiang, Shanghai. We also provide our training programs to other preschool daycare centres throughout China. Please contact us to find out more.




Suite 4, 224 Glen Osmond Road

Fullarton, SA 5063, Australia


Telephone: +61 8 8462 0222

Fax: +61 8 8338 4868



22F, 697 Guangfulin Road

Songjiang, Shanghai 201620


Telephone: 021-6137 3566

With more people competing for fewer resources, the future success of your child depends upon their first 1000 days.

Birth - 4 months


  • Cries
  • Makes eye contact when held near an adult’s face
  • Quietens when picked up while crying
  • Smiles and makes happy sounds when picked up or feeding
  • Smiles when held, smiled at or talked to
  • Smiles and makes sounds to familiar faces

4 - 8 months


  • Laughs, especially in social interactions
  • Self soothes when tired or upset by sucking thumb or pacifier
  • Reacts when another baby or young child is near

8 - 12 months


  • Wants to stay close to the carer
  • Is wary or anxious when a stranger appears
  • Is anxious or distressed if carer goes away
  • Offers a toy but does not let it go
  • Shows empathy when others are distressed
  • Explores and plays when carer is present

1 - 2 years


  • Seeks comfort from carer when upset or frightened
  • Takes cues from carer regarding attitude to a stranger
  • Helps others who are upset by patting, making comforting noises or offering toys etc
  • Plays alongside other toddlers, but doesn’t seem to interact
  • May have a tantrum when tired or frustrated

2- 3 years


  • Is distressed or protests when carer leaves, or wants them to stay and do things instead
  • Unlikely to share toys with other children without protest

3 - 5 years


  • Jointly handles objects with one or two peers
  • Share, smiles at and cooperates with peers
  • Shows bouts of aggression with peers
  • Engages in cooperative play with two or three peers